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Hilal Isler

Writer. Editor.

Twin Cities. Turkish Roots.

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about

Hilal Isler’s writing has appeared in the Paris Review, the Brooklyn Review, the LA Review of Books online, & in McSweeney’s.


She's been awarded residency at Yaddo & MacDowell, & was named a Roxane Gay writing fellow by the Jack Jones Literary Arts Association. She is a 2022 Periplus fellow, under the mentorship of author Dina Nayeri.


Hilal's work has been recognized & funded by the Jerome Foundation, & the National Endowment for the Arts. She reads for the literary journal Ploughshares. Her doctorate is from the University of Pennsylvania, & she is founding editor of the Hennepin Review.


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Recent fiction

something for nothing / wildness / winter, 2019, issue 25

nominated: pen/robert j. dau short story prize , 2021

khadijah number two / mcsweeney's / august, 2022, issue 67



a rare & wonderful man / brooklyn review / april, 2021



scorpion / baltimore review / august, 2022

*nominated: best small fictions, 2022



Select non-

fiction

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eartha kitt in istanbul / paris review online / october, 2018




on naguib mahfouz / la review of books online/ november, 2019




kismet / the believer / october, 2020




other writing

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boxing in riyadh / new york magazine, the cut / january, 2020

*featured in "one great story," new york’s reading recommendation newsletter.



on september 11 / new moons anthology / red hen press / november, 2021




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awards & fellowships

2022


2021

Pen/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers (nominee)


2019


2018

Loft Literary Center Fellow, via the Jerome Foundation & the National Endowment for the Arts

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